The Pike County High School Pirates football team lost their non-conference game on the road last Friday against Spalding County by a score of 49-28. The Pirates will play their first region game against Upson-Lee on the road this Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Knights are 2-1 on the season
The Pirates put up impressive rushing yards last Friday with 361 yards rushing compared to the Jags 153 yards rushing. The Pirates had 376 total yards, just behind the 387 total yards of the Jags but Pike only picked up 15 passing yards compared to the 234 passing yards from the Jags. The Pirates were seven for 13 on third down conversions.
Spalding County put 21 points on the board in the first quarter and the Pirates were unable to answer back until the second quarter when they scored a TD and point after. Pike picked up another seven points in the third quarter and added two more TDs in the fourth quarter.
Highlights of the game for the Pirates include a 22-yard rush by #30 Jakilen King who later had a 40-yard run and picked up an incredible 170 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns. Quarterback #10 Gage Lee picked up a 21-yard touchdown off a fake handoff rush play.
On special teams, #45 Ozzie O’Steen had four successful point after attempts, a 35-yard punt average and one perfectly executed on side kick.
On defense, #23 Lane Woodward got some important tackles and #60 Philip Smith picked up a fumble recovery at the 30 yard line and took it to the one yard line for the Pirates.